What vaccinations will my child get this year?
Monday 29 January 2018
Between making them eat their veggies, toilet training and chaperoning sleepovers, keeping on top of all the dates and requirements for raising healthy, happy children can be tough. Some things you can let slip, like always getting matching socks on those little feet, but with other things it’s more important to be a stickler for timelines.
Vaccinations work best when given on time. Read on to find out what vaccinations your child will be due for this year and learn about a handy tool to help you keep on top of appointments.
Before baby is born
Pregnant women can help provide protection for their babies by receiving an influenza vaccination and a whooping cough vaccination during their pregnancy.
Pregnant women are particularly susceptible to complications from influenza, so it’s important to get vaccinated for the health of both mum and baby. The influenza vaccination can be given at any time throughout pregnancy, and will depend on the time of year and vaccine availability. After protecting mum and baby during pregnancy, this vaccination also provides ongoing protection for baby for the first few months of life.
Pregnant women should receive their whooping cough vaccination in the last trimester of their pregnancy, preferably between 28 and 32 weeks. This can provide protection for baby against whooping cough until they are old enough to receive their own vaccinations at six weeks of age.
Partners of pregnant women and other adults who will be in close contact with the newborn should consider receiving the whooping cough vaccination at least two weeks before the baby’s arrival.
Your new baby will receive a number of vaccinations in their first year.
At birth, they will receive a hepatitis B vaccination.
Then at 6 weeks and at 4 months they will need to receive three different vaccinations. One is a combination vaccination, which means it protects against a number of diseases in one injection (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), hepatitis B, haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib) and polio). They will also receive a rotavirus and a pneumococcal vaccination. At 6 months they receive a pneumococcal vaccination and the combination vaccination.
When your child is 18 months old, they will receive a MMR vaccination combined with a varicella (chicken pox) vaccination, and a diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough) vaccination.
Then there’s a gap, until at four years old they receive a combination injection which protects against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough) and polio. If they haven’t already received two doses of MMR containing vaccine, they will also need to receive this vaccine at four years old.
The Queensland School Immunisation Program allows Year 7 and 10 students to receive certain vaccines through their school for free.
Year 7 students receive two doses of human papillomavirus vaccination (given to girls and boys), six months apart. They will also receive one combination diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough) vaccination.
This year, Year 10 students will receive a meningococcal ACWY vaccination through the School Immunisation Program.
Currently, all Queenslanders aged 15 to 19 years can access the vaccine for free from their doctor or immunisation provider.
Every year, it is strongly recommended that all children receive an influenza vaccination. In 2018, children aged between six months and less than five years are eligible for a free influenza vaccination.
The flu vaccine is available from around early April each year. It is updated each year and provides protection from the current strains of influenza . You can read more about how the influenza vaccination is made each year here.
Your child might require other vaccinations throughout the year if they are travelling overseas.
Worried about keeping on top of your child’s vaccinations? Download VacciDate, Queensland Health’s app with information and reminders about vaccinations tailored to your family’s needs.
VacciDate allows you to create a profile for each child in your family, receive reminders about when their vaccinations are due and log the appointments you’ve booked. VacciDate also stores a record of their vaccinations, so you know exactly what vaccinations they’ve had and when.
You can download VacciDate for iOS or Android here.
You can find more information about vaccination and the Queensland immunisation schedule at the links below: